Experienced Professionals Leading You Through the Maze of Your Family Law Matter

JoAl Cannon Sheridan

JoAl Cannon Sheridan

JoAl Cannon Sheridan is a well-known and experienced divorce and family law trial lawyer. Board Certified in family law since 2008 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, JoAl is recognized both statewide and nationally as a frequent speaker to both lawyers and judges on complex family law topics, including third-party and grandparent cases, conservatorship, interstate and international jurisdictional issues, complex marital property law, and professionalism and ethics.

JoAl relocated to Austin in 2008 after a successful 14-year practice in East Texas. After becoming extremely involved in the Central Texas legal community, she was honored to assume the role of Senior Partner with renowned family law trial attorney John Barrett, and rising star family lawyers Kathleen Coble and Amanda Andrae, all of whom are Board Certified family law specialists.

JoAl’s skill has led her to assume numerous leadership positions in notable organizations and initiatives throughout the state and country and has provided her the opportunity to cultivate her heart for service to her clients, her profession, and the community. JoAl is the Immediate Past-President of the Texas Family Law Foundation, which promotes sound public policy and legislation on family law issues during the Texas Legislative Session. JoAl testifies frequently before State Senate and House committees on these issues, and is considered a valuable resource on family law matters by many lobbyists and Legislators.

Additionally, JoAl is the current President of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists, immediate Past-President of the Austin Bar Association Family Law Section, and former Council member of the State Bar of Texas Family Law Section from 2001-2011, where she has served on its Legislative Committee since 2001. Prior to that time, JoAl was the youngest ever elected Director to the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors, where she served as Chair of the Legislative Committee, Co-Chair of the Legal Services to the Poor Committee, and on the Executive Committee.

A Commitment to Professionalism in Practice

Professionalism has always been the core of how JoAl practices law, which manifests itself not only in how she deals with her clients and colleagues, but also in her service to the legal community and public. Appointed by the Texas Supreme Court to the Board of Disciplinary Appeals from 2008-2014, she served as Vice-Chair of the Board from 2009-2013 and Chair of the Board from 2013-2014, presiding over many appeals of attorney grievance matters. She currently serves as the Chair of the Professionalism Committee of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a national elite organization of highly skilled, leading practitioners in the area of family law. Only approximately 1,650 family lawyers throughout the United States are accepted as Fellows in the Academy.

Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2004, JoAl is also listed in the 2014-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers in America in the area of Family Law. JoAl holds an AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest lawyer rating for both expertise and ethics. JoAl was also named one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Central and West Texas by Texas Monthly in 2017.

JoAl has developed a reputation for being a direct, skilled, and zealous advocate who also understands the often emotionally-charged issues that arise in family law matters. She is known for being reasonable, articulate, prepared, and courteous while being sensitive to the needs of families to be able to move forward in a positive way in an atmosphere of meaningful co-parenting relationships.

Focusing on Complex Custody & Property Cases

JoAl’s practice focuses on complex custody and property cases, with a particular affinity for third-party custody and interstate and international jurisdictional matters. JoAl feels strongly that the representation of her clients during these most difficult, emotional times is a calling as much as a profession, and that the tone that is set from the outset of the matter is key to promoting constructive familial relationships throughout the case and beyond.

Interests & Pastimes

In her spare time, JoAl is active in St. John’s United Methodist Church, where she sings in the choir and plays in the Jones Memorial Handbell group, as well as serves on the Endowment Fund Committee. JoAl and her husband, Dirk, hold professional level Dive Master certifications and enjoy tennis and cross-fit training. JoAl is an avid lover of animals, and she and her husband currently have five rescue dogs in their family.

To contact JoAl, call (512) 598-4228. To book a mediation with JoAl, click here.

What Sets Our Firm Apart?

  • Full Service Family Law Firm

    We have the expertise in these areas to help you resolve your family law issues.

  • Experienced Attorneys

    Our attorneys have over 94 years of combined legal experience.

  • Board Certified

    Our Partners are all Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

  • Committed to Giving Back

    Our firm is involved with giving back to the legal profession and the community.